Apple Music Glitch Adds Unwanted Playlists, Wreaks Havoc on User Libraries

Apple Music Glitch Adds Unwanted Playlists, Wreaks Havoc on User Libraries

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In this article, we’ll examine the mysterious Apple Music bug that’s been causing users’ libraries to be invaded by other people’s playlists, and explore possible solutions to the problem.

Key Takeaways:

  • Apple Music users are reporting unwanted playlists and songs appearing in their libraries.
  • Some users have lost entire playlists, replaced by unknown content.
  • The issue seems to be affecting only the Apple Music app on iOS.
  • The problem could be linked to an iCloud syncing issue.
  • Apple has not yet acknowledged the issue or provided an official solution.

Users Baffled by Playlist Intrusions

In recent weeks, Apple Music users have noticed that their libraries are being infiltrated by unfamiliar playlists and songs. 

Reports from MacRumors and 9to5Mac confirm that this issue is causing frustration among users, some of whom have had their carefully curated playlists erased and replaced by content they’ve never seen before.

iCloud Syncing Issue Could Be to Blame

The exact cause of this problem remains unclear, but it could be related to a glitch in iCloud syncing that’s causing users’ data to become mixed up. 

Some have found that toggling off iCloud syncing and then turning it back on has provided a temporary fix. To try this, go to Settings > Apple ID > iCloud > Show All.

Apple Yet to Respond to the Growing Problem

So far, Apple has not acknowledged this issue, and the company has not responded to media inquiries about the problem. 

This situation is reminiscent of a bug that affected iCloud for Windows last year, in which random users’ photos and videos appeared in other people’s libraries.

How to Protect Your Playlists

As the issue continues to affect more and more users, some Apple Music subscribers have taken to exporting their playlists in XML format (available in the app’s macOS version) as a precautionary measure. 

This way, even if their library gets affected by the bug, they’ll still have a backup of their playlists.

Possible Fix for Affected Users

Although this issue isn’t affecting all Apple Music users, those who are experiencing the problem can try resetting the sync status between Apple Music and iCloud to potentially fix the issue. 

To do this, go to Settings (iOS) > Apple ID > iCloud > Show all. Navigate to Apple Music and toggle iCloud syncing off before turning it on again.


As the Apple Music bug continues to cause chaos in users’ libraries, it’s crucial for the company to address this problem and offer a solution. 

Until then, users can attempt the suggested fix or export their playlists as a backup measure to avoid losing their carefully crafted music collections.


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Alexander Sterling

Alexander Sterling

Alexander Sterling is a renowned financial writer with over 10 years in the finance sector. With a strong economics background, he simplifies complex financial topics for a wide audience. Alexander contributes to top financial platforms and is working on his first book to promote financial independence.

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